25th June – 11th July Sunday, Monday at 7.30pm, Tuesday at 2pm.
Finborough Theatre, 118 Finborough Rd, Kensington, London SW10 9ED
The first London production in 67 years.
Combining lovingly drawn characters with James Bridie’s trademark dry wit, this wry comedy explores the impact one individual human life can have. It raises incredibly timely questions about the function of education and about how we judge success, as relevant as when it was first produced in 1950.
Village headmaster William Gillie is killed by the furniture van coming to take away his possessions, as he is being evicted from his home when his school is closed down. He has spent his entire teaching career fighting the Education Board’s narrow idea of schooling, trying to inspire his pupils to strive for great creative lives. Having lost his school and his home and with none of his pupils quite finding the wings to fly free, his life is examined by a heavenly Procurator and Judge. For all his efforts to inspire great artistic freedom, did he actually achieve anything in his life? Or is the very act of trying and hoping enough.
Directed by Jenny Eastop
Cast: Andy Secombe, Emma D'Inverno, Malcolm Rennie, Caitlin Fielding, Andrew Cazanave Pin, David Bannerman, Drew Paterson and Ross Dunsmore.
Photos by Lidia Crisafulli: